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[n] a mathematical notation indicating the number of times a quantity is multiplied by itself
[n] someone who expounds and interprets or explains
[n] a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea

Misc. Definitions

\Ex*po"nent\, n. [L. exponens, -entis, p. pr. of exponere to put out, set forth, expose. See {Expound}.]
1. (Alg.) A number, letter, or any quantity written on the right hand of and above another quantity, and denoting how many times the latter is repeated as a factor to produce the power indicated; Note: thus a^{2} denotes the second power, and a^{n} the xth power, of a (2 and x being the exponents). A fractional exponent, or index, is used to denote the root of a quantity. Thus, a^{1/3} denotes the third or cube root of a.
2. One who, or that which, stands as an index or representative; as, the leader of a party is the exponent of its principles. {Exponent of a ratio}, the quotient arising when the antecedent is divided by the consequent; thus, 6 is the exponent of the ratio of 30 to
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